Top 10 Reasons I Love Being A Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 2)

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Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) is not something I had ever considered…ever. I didn’t have anything against SAHMs, I just knew that it wasn’t “for me”. I knew I wanted to continue working to climb the “corporate ladder” (or so I thought).  Now that I’ve been a SAHM for almost two years, I can’t imagine spending my days any other way.

Below, we are continuing with the top 10 reasons I love being a SAHM. We’ll pick up where we left off, but you can click here to see part 1 if you missed it.

6. Being able to save money

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My husband and I have a somewhat unique situation in that we've never had to pay for child care. When I was pregnant with our son (now five), we decided that my husband would start working the overnight shift so that he could stay home with him during the day while I went to work. I was initially nervous about what that would mean (having to fend for myself at night), but it definitely gave me a peace of mind when it was time for me to go back to work. Now that we have three kids, my paycheck would be paying for childcare if I were still working outside of the home. Being a SAHM has allowed us to not only save money on childcare, but also on gas, food and dry cleaning.

Being a SAHM has changed my life for the better in more ways than one. It’s not a job I ever envisioned for myself, but a job I am grateful that God has entrusted me with.

BMWK: There are so many benefits and rewards from being a stay at home parent.  But we also realize that it requires a lot of sacrifice…especially financially.  If you are (or were) a SAHM or SAHD, what has this experience taught you?  If you’ve never wanted to Stay at home…please share with us why?


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Christine St. Vil wrote 153 articles on this blog.

Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.


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10 WordPress comments on “Top 10 Reasons I Love Being A Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 2)

  1. Ciera

    I had my son during my last year of college and I had to hand him over to my mother while I returned to school in another state…it was the saddest day of my life but I knew it had to be done. I missed out on a lot of firsts with my son and getting pictures and videos just didn’t seem right to me. Once I graduated and got him back something about being home with him just felt right and I’ve been a stay at home mom ever since. I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world…there’s nothing like seeing your children grow and change right before your eyes, its much better than hearing their accomplishments secondhand.

    1. Christine St. Vil Post author

      Hi Ciera, I know it must’ve been really hard to leave your son but you wanted the best for him at the time which is what any mother would want. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and encouragement on being a SAHM.

  2. Lovee'

    Thanks for sharing your top 10 reasons for being a SAHM. Most of them are on my top 10 as well. I have lived both lives…I had two kids and worked 14 hour days 7 days a week. Luckily, I had my Mother who took care of my daughter for the first two years and when I had my son..they both were in daycare from 8-6 then to my Mom’s until I picked them up. That was the schedule for 9 years.

    After being laid off and trying my hands at starting my own business, I had twins. Now with 4 children, I am a SAHM. Being with the twins all day for the last three years, I realize what I missed out on with the first two. Everyday, they give me a reason to laugh and I do take concious moments to just watch and enjoy them.

    At the same time though, I’m fighting the feeling that I am missing out on a career. I’m almost in panic mode because in about 3 years the twins will be going to school and I have to figure out what I’m going to go back into the “real world” and do. I know I can not work those same crazy hours.

    Not that you said you didn’t have any, but I could also come up atleast 5 reasons I hate being a SAHM :).

    1. Christine St. Vil Post author

      Hi Lovee, Thank you so much for sharing with us. I can completely understand how you’re feeling in terms of missing out on a career. I agonized over that for a long time before I officially made the decision to stay home. I didn’t work those hours seven days a week, but I knew I couldn’t go back to that work environment after having kids. I’m a firm believer that everything happens in its own time, and how it’s supposed to happen. So there’s no reason why (once the twins are in school) you can’t pick up where you left off, or start a new career altogether. Use this time to find out what makes you happy, and then when the time comes, you can decide what you want to pursue. 🙂

  3. Yvonne

    While pregnant we initially thought being a sahm would be beneficial. So I proposed a plan to make it happen (the best plan ever ) however after her arrival and my excitement to execute my husband was against it.
    But I proceeded because I found that it was no other way especially with childcare costing more than mortgage.
    So there I was being a sahm and provider thru savings that eventually wiped me out financially and exhaustion but I wouldn’t trade that kind of exhaustion for anything.
    The ability to nurture your own child’s development and see her evolve is priceless.
    Now that she’s enrolled in school it has afforded me to expand myself in the workplace. And although I was fortunate enough to find a part time job that allow time to take her and pick her up I still miss the leisure of being available for school events big and small. And didn’t realize that my presence at the school impacted the teachers, staff and students including my own. They’ve come to expect my presence.
    I’m trying this year to have a balance and not take off so much for picture day, field trips and such but it makes me feel some kind of way because my passion is there.
    I am ever so thankful for the perks and opportunity of having my job but I too have come to the realization although I would have ever guess that I would trade making money for making sandwiches but I’m making a difference!
    By the way the husband half way came on board after noticing and receiving complementary about her being so advanced and he gives the credit to me and my decision.
    I miss it and now preparing a plan to be a sahm although she’s in school. Preparing your home for your family while gaining a little(very little) me Tim is essential!

  4. Hanifah Munadi

    I too have babies born during my college days. I was so torn about leaving my babies behind, I found a sitter on campus (husband in college and wife at home with their children). I would take my baby to the sitter, go and breastfeed my baby and spend quality time, then go to class. My baby would sleep in between those times and I never felt isolated from my baby. It was an awesome experience.

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Take Notes on How These GA Moms Turned Excitement into Dollars for Their Kid’s School

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Box Tops Moms from GreenForest McCalep Christian Academic Center in Decatur, GA.  They are raising much funds that will be used in the technology center.
Photo Credit: Lamar Tyler

Box Tops Moms from GreenForest McCalep Christian Academic Center in Decatur, GA. They are raising funds that will be used in the technology center.
Photo Credit: Lamar Tyler

After attending a local Box Tops University program four years ago, the Box Tops Moms at GreenForest McCalep Christian Academic Center in Decatur, GA, returned to their school invigorated and ready to bring in more money for their school. And the group of 10 moms did just that. In just four years, they’ve gone from collecting $78.00 for the entire school year, to collecting $4,000.00 in the first of two collection periods of this year alone.

We recently sat down with the Box Tops Moms of GreenForest-McCalep to get some insight on just how they were able to do it. And, we’ve provided their amazing tips below. Try them out at your school and let us know how well they work.

Committee member, Sherlonda Martin

Keep Everyone Informed:

Committee member, Sherlonda Martin shared with us that funds from the Box Tops 4 Education program are going directly to the PTO. The PTO uses the money to purchase additional technology needs for the school. Keeping the students and administration informed of their progress and about what’s going on in the program, ensures that everyone has a vested interest in collecting Box Tops.

Box Tops Mom Nicole Larson Jenkins

Get Everyone Involved:

Box Tops Mom Nicole Larson Jenkins, asked her siblings and her children’s grandparents to get involved. Her mother went to the ladies club in her neighborhood and started rounding up box tops for her grandchildren. Now, they have box tops being sent in from around the country. People are helping the school by sending in box tops from products that they’ve already been buying, but throwing away, up until now.

In an effort to keep things as simple as possible for the parents, the Box Tops Moms also drafted a letter that explained the Box Tops program, the school’s goals, how the money will be used, and how you can get involved. They gave the letter template to the parents of the school who, in turn, sent the pre-drafted letters off to their relatives and friends.

Box Tops Mom, Ursala Maddox

Set Goals:

The Box Tops Moms emphasized the importance of setting goals. Prior to the third year they set a goal of 100,000 box tops, a knowingly very aggressive goal. Ursala Maddox shared that:

“the thinking was we may not meet this goal but we’ll definitely have fun trying.”

At the end of the school year they had collected 56,000 box tops and went from raising $831.00 to $5,600.00 in just a one-year span.

Committee Member, Karlotta Brown

Get Creative:

How did they collect 56,000 box tops last year? Karlotta Brown told us that they got creative by thinking of ways to get everyone excited about the Box Tops program at the school. And the primary tool for raising so many box tops was contests. Monthly competitions with prizes such as pizza parties, cup cakes and ice cream excited the students and raised involvement. They even had friendly competitions between classrooms and grade levels. They also gave out certificates to the students who turned in the most box tops. You would be surprised at how much something like a free certificate would mean to the students.

And for many of their prizes, they reached out to the local community and asked for donations from merchants and organizations.

Maintain High Visibility with bulletin boards and banners.

Maintain High Visibility:

One of the main keys to their success was high visibility. The Box Tops Moms maintain high visibility for the program at the school. Each mom wore a Box Tops badge every time they entered the school. Additionally, they have dedicated bulletin boards in several places throughout the school for the Box Tops program. They posted flyers around the school, have public collection boxes, and they even have a Box Tops mascot that one of the parents made from a cardboard box. By keeping the visibility high, everyone at the school has a constant reminder of the Box Tops program.

 These ladies are doing an amazing job at their school. Hopefully you can take some of these tips to multiply your Box Tops earnings, and catapult your school to the next level.  They are an excellent example of the benefits of having parents that are involved in their children’s educations.

BMWK – please leave an encouraging word for the moms of GreenForest McCalep Christian Academic Center as they are providing an excellent example of the power of parental involvement!   Do you participate in your school’s Box Tops program?  If yes, give us some additional tips and ideas for getting the school and parents excited about the program.

Disclosure: Lamar and I are paid spokesbloggers for the Box Tops For Education program. We will be providing information and stories throughout the school year in hopes of encouraging our community to take advantage of the millions of dollars that are being given to schools across the country each year. All opinions expressed are our very own.

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Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.


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